In Blood and Belonging, Ignatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties–inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec. Ignatieff, well-known in British TV as the smooth host of cerebral talk shows and political documentaries, takes on what he calls the rising tide of. The author of the book travels on what he terms “the six journeys.” On these ” journeys” he encounters different cultures, as he travels to six different.

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Anyone can understand his account of the breakup of Yugoslavia, only recently completed. The introductory chapter was largely expository, but the The book explores the idea of nationalism and nationhood, which should not be assumed synonymous with statehood.

This book strengthened my resolve to continue voting for Stephen Harper. Being yourself is something that ethnic nationalism does not allow. A Serb is someone who is not a Croat. I knew, for example, that Metod, my tennis coach in Be,onging, always called himself, first and foremost, a Slovenian.

Another interesting perspective that the author added to the book was his own identity. While one is Catholic, the other Orthodox, urbanization and industrialization have reduced the salience of confessional differences.

At the time, all expression of economic resentment, together with nationalist consciousness itself, came under Tito”s ban. Likewise, the nineteenth-century Croatian nationalist ideologue Ante Starevi derived the idea of an ethnically pure Croatian state indirectly from the German Romantics. There are delicious moments in these chapters.


They could be bond together by language, religion, political beliefs, historical myths, or any combination of these. States are dynamic, also their government ignatiedf populace. One of those must-reads before election day This gives the chapters on Yugoslavia where Ignatieff stayed for two years as a childUkraine he is the descendant of Ukrainian emigrantsand Quebec he is a Canadian citizen a poignancy that those dealing with Germany, Kurdistan, and Northern Ireland lack.

Karl May, the author of wild west adventure novels, does not spell his name Mai. Finally, the sixth journey ends in Northern Ireland. History has no such lesson to teach. A nationalist minority on both sides went to work on their deeply intertwined common past, persuading all and sundry, including outsiders, that Serbs and Croats have been massacring each other since time immemorial.

Case studies in the chaotic resurrection of ethnic nationalism in the post-cold-war world. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, The method used by the author of the book was personal interviews with both prominent people and the normal everyday person in the areas visited.

Pride in civic nationalism, given its belongging exclusionary nature, and the centrality of the rule of law and other institutions of progress are desirable, though lack an emotional appeal. This book ignited my academic interest in the question of nationalism, while at university.

Critique: Blood and Belonging, by Michael Ignatieff – SchoolWorkHelper

It’s a good reminder of his scholarly life igjatieff the sometimes miserable profession of politics. Modern Serbian nationalism dates back to an impeccably Byronic style of national uprising against the Turks. Sadiya Ahmed rated it liked it May 23, Oct 18, Gillian Burles rated it it was amazing.


And it is also an interesting question whether or not federal states can survive in xnd long term. The two countries have been at odds with each other since when Israel was recognized as a state. He also goes through Ukraine, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, and Quebecois separatism prior to the referendum and Parizeau’s scandalous remarks.

Where does that leave the Bosnian Muslims, the Turks or any brlonging non Christian state located near or inside Europe?

Mar 20, Richard Ambrosio added it. Ignatieff, who was an academic at the time, and is now an MP in the Canadian parliament and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, does a good job of showing the shape of nationalism; describing how arbitrary and senseless it can be at times at the same time as demonstrating its power. Jan 07, Kristofer Ekholm rated it really liked it. Political ideologies can become blinding to its possessors.

Does the nation make the state, or the state the nation?

Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism

I think especially so in the current environment in North America of “Identity Politics”. Be the first to discover new talent! But Islamist are coming as colonizers.

His explanation is that the liberal mind set forgets that not everyone hates violence.